Cape Town ODI: Proteas win toss, ask India to bat first

India won the toss and elected to bat first

India won the toss and elected to bat first

I think AB de Villiers being AB de Villiers is a very unsafe player.

On Wednesday, Virat Kohli and co took an unprecedented lead in the six-match series with a thumping 124-run victory against South Africa in the third ODI at Newlands, Cape Town. De Villiers is set to return at the same venue, but with circumstances considerably altered from the Test series. The Indian team now has a 3-0 lead in the 6-match series.

Coming back with such messiah-like expectations can be hard for de Villiers. That includes the incredible 149 off 44 against West Indies three years ago.

Dismissing "big dog" Virat Kohli cheaply could be key to an embattled South Africa's chances of halting India's fine run in the ongoing ODI series, feels all-rounder Chris Morris.

When a batsman averages 100 or more, we describe his performance as Bradmanesque.

"I don't think he is feeling any added pressure". Being the senior player, Dhoni also guides young spinners, Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav. He's got a hundred in every single country he's played in. "We've had a good run in these games and we hope for the same on Saturday", Morris said.

South Africa will be trying to avoid a series loss in the fourth ODI, but there is history on the line too as they will be playing the match in pink to raise awareness of breast cancer.

"What AB brings off the field in terms of calmness and experience is nearly as valuable as how world-class he is on the field". He brings that calmness and he brings that experience. "To have a world class player come back and play for South Africa is a special, special occasion".

"I wouldn't say there are any new plans to be very honest". Tomorrow is such a massive day for South Africa.

Delving into the specifics of their success, the Indian captain suggested that the experience of significantly flatter batting wickets at home has allowed them to hone their skills to a point where they were now ready to take advantage of making most of the extra bounce and surprising turn available on the South African tracks. "The AB de Villiers factor, let's put it that way". After losing Dale Steyn at the start of the tour, AB de Villiers was ruled out from the first three ODIs.

The result resigned the hosts to an insurmountable three-nil deficit in the six-match series. That is certainly something that lifts the team even more. So there could be extra on offer for seamers only if there is a bit of rain.

It's always wonderful to see a cause get support in sport. That's why I train so much because I am a guy who likes to play with intensity.

Only former Australian captain, Ricky Ponting and South African AB de Villiers have more centuries to their names as captains with 22 and 13 respectively.

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